What’s New in Jewelry

Over the past few months we were busy purchasing from a wide array of artists as summer competitions unfolded. We restocked our supply of jewelry from Myron Panteah during the Museum of Northern Arizona Show held here in Flagstaff. Some of the outstanding pieces we acquired include his second place necklace in sterling silver, 14kt gold and agate. Kee Yazzie and Alton Bedonie have both been by several times and brought us some very nice pieces. We picked up a great wide bracelet by Kee and a beautiful Larimar bracelet and ring by Alton. We have also purchased three necklaces by Mary Tom — one of which has a very nice piece of #8 turquoise. For Hopi work, we picked up two beautiful sterling silver Tufa cast and overlay bracelets and a belt buckle by Gerald Lomaventema. One bracelet was crafted using 14kt gold and coral, the theme of which is the mask of the sun Kachina (Tewa). Gerald informed us the tufa cast belt buckle with turquoise was featured in American Indian Art magazine.

Off the subject and something recently found out — Gerald enjoys showing people around the Hopi Mesas. He took my wife Tamara, her brother and I on a special tour to some petroglyphs. Gerald is an active member and advocate of the Hopi culture. We got some great insight as to what they believe the symbols to mean. He told us about his trip to Peru and Central America when he was invited to study and exchange the teachings of their cultures. He saw symbols from the Maya culture depicting their migration story that were identical to the petroglyph symbols we were looking at on Hopi. He believes the Hopi migrated up from Central America and that they are related to the Maya.

On another trip the three of us met up with Carl and Irene Clark in Phoenix where we purchased a gorgeous pair of dangle post earrings and a stunning bracelet, which is about 1/2 inch wide and has approximately 1200 stones.

We still have the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show, the Gallup Ceremonial and the Santa Fe Indian Market to come so we will continue to stock up for our next series of shows. The selection of new pieces and great new designs will be fantastic — a must see! As we go to press Alton Bedonie is making us two shorter style necklaces using high-grade Kingman turquoise and, as always, we expect they will be spectacular.

We hope you can all make it to the show — see you there!


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Remembering Lee Anderson: May 9, 1934 – May 27, 2012

It is with great sadness that Americana Indian Shows and the Anderson family announce the passing of Lee Anderson on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Lee was an extraordinary individual whose passion for Native American arts and culture touched a great many people during his life. We wish to extend our gratitude to all of Lee’s many friends for the quality and richness you brought to his life. The fact that there are too many of you to mention by name here is a testament to the man he was and will always be remembered as. He was a soldier who served his country, a father, friend, husband, uncle, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, and mentor. Lee was laid to rest in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, June 4, in a private ceremony. The family would like to thank the Prescott VA Medical Center for the expert and compassionate care he received from staff and volunteers.

In lieu of cards and flowers, the family suggests honoring Lee’s memory with a donation to the VA Medical Center in Prescott or the Arizona Humane Society.

Lee — we love and miss you so much.

Donate to the VA
Please make check payable to VA Medical Center, with a note in the memo line: “for hospice in memory of Lee Earl Anderson.” Mail to: VA Medical Center Volunteer Services, 500 Hwy 89 North, Prescott, AZ 86313

Donate to Arizona Humane Society
Visit azhumane.org/donate

Donate to a charity of your choice in Lee’s name
You can have notices sent to The Anderson Family, P.O. Box 3447, Flagstaff, AZ 86003.

Visit Lee’s Legacy page
We invite you to share your thoughts and memories of Lee on his guestbook.

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Exciting New Native American Sandpaintings

The selection of sandpaintings during our winter series of shows was superb. Of note, was a new and eye catching shadow box style of sandpainting created by master Navajo sandpainter Sammy Myerson. This new style eliminates the use of mat board during the framing process. Sammy creates the mat work within the sandpainting itself thus creating the shadow box effect. Be sure and stop by to check out this exciting new innovation! We also have smaller sandpaintings by various artists that measures 6” X 8” and contain a nice arrow head within the matting. Our buying trips will begin shortly after this writing with the intention of seeking out more of these fantastic pieces as well as work by Joe Ben Jr., Tom Clark and Bilson Kee and other master artists. Our framed art selection will feature the few remaining originals from Wayne and Connie Anderson’s collection as well as pieces by Carol Lee Thompson, Brad Hoback and Jack Black to name a few.

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News about Navajo Rugs & Weavings: We’re Restocking for Spring!

During our January and February series of shows we had an exceptional inventory of weavings in various styles and sizes. Twenty two contemporary and three historical weavings found their way into new homes and collections. We also had a very nice selection of Ganado and Two Grey Hills style weavings woven by Sally Arviso that had been crafted into accent pillows. Bill and Minnie Malone have told me that they will continue to do all that they can to provide us with more of these gorgeous pillows by Sally.

By the mid to end of April, we will be completely restocked and I am sure that our selection of weavings will be equally impressive. As a side note, many have recently asked about the cleaning and restoration of Navajo textiles. There are many companies that are able to provide such services and we can highly recommend the “Persian Rug Cleaning Company” in Los Angeles, California if you have Navajo textiles that need cleaning or restoration. Their phone number is (213) 413-6373. Just give them a call and ask to speak to Bob.


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Pottery, Fetishes, & Stone Sculptures

We have an outstanding selection of Navajo horsehair pottery from Susie and Michael Charlie that is very affordably priced. In our display cases you will find work representing the Hopi, Acoma, Jemez, Laguna, Cochiti, Santa Clara and San Ildefonso pueblos. Some of the more recognizable artist names are Franklin Peters, Robert Kasero, Frederica Antonio, Calvin Analla, Emma Yepa, Myron Sarracino, Dena Suina and Maria Martinez. We also have one piece by the late Dorothy Torivio, who passed in April 2011.

Amongst our sculptures and fetishes we have numerous alabaster pieces by Marvin Toya from the Jemez pueblo. If you need a smaller scale there will be several hundred fetish critters from Zuni artists. These pieces start at $12.00 and range up from there. They include bears from Jeff and Emery Eriacho, corn maidens by Stewart and Vicki Quandelacy, and carvings from other artists such as Eric and Florentino Martinez and Eric, Colin and Calvin Weeka. 


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New Works by Hopi Artists for Spring 2012

In 1882 the Hopi reservation was established for the protection of Hopi land. The designated area was originally settled by the Hopi between 300 and 400 A.D., during the late basket maker and early Pueblo I era. The natural, elevated rock formations upon which they settled provided excellent defense and abundant building material. There were also several natural springs which provided water (and still do today) for the small native population.

The Hopi believe this is the land that the deity Maasaw (Earth God) instructed them to inhabit. They were directed to become caretakers of the earth and live a balanced existence. A great example of this balance is the use of only naturally uprooted cottonwood tree roots for the carving of Katsina. By using only this material the Hopi create amazing sculptures without upsetting the spirits of nature. Their amazing adherence to this way of life can be seen in their three main fields of art: Katsina carving, pottery and silversmithing.

Be sure to stop by and check out our extensive selection of Hopi art, as well as exquisite works by other Native artists such as Marlin Pinto, Laurence Dallas, Sterling McRae and Silas Roy and Raymond Chee. 

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New Jewelry & Art Collections for Spring 2012

Spring and summer are fast approaching and we are gearing up to bring you the latest and greatest in new and exciting Southwest jewelry, in all the colors of the rainbow to brighten and complement your wardrobe. The trend in spiny oyster continues this year with lots to choose from in vibrant orange, red, purple and yellow, as well as a vast selection of jewelry with lapis, coral, sugilite, charoite, gaspeite and, of course, many shades of turquoise, from green to sky blue. Recently on the market is a new green shade of turquoise called San Gabriel, which comes from northern Mexico. We hope to have some pieces with this stone by show time.

Also available will be a great selection of Santo Domingo and Zuni jewelry, whose artists really enjoy the use of color. Zuni artists in particular are getting into the spirit of spring with motifs of dragonflies, birds, sun faces, flowers and butterflies in their jewelry.

From Gallup, New Mexico, comes some great works by a group of artists known as “Stoneweaver”. Stoneweaver is made up of approximately sixteen very talented Navajo and Zuni inlay artists, who have between 5 and 30 years of experience in silversmithing and making inlayed jewelry. They create some amazing pieces with rhodochrosite, lapis, onyx, tiger’s eye, picture jasper, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and man-made opal. More recently, a new stone called Morado opal has been added to the list of extensive and interesting stones. This gem comes from a mine in northern Mexico. Although we have seen some pieces with Morado opal, the buzz in the Indian jewelry world is that it is about to become very difficult to get in Indian Jewelry. Still, we’ll do our best to bring some of this interesting stone to you.

In addition, coral is getting harder to get; artists are having difficulty finding pieces large enough to be cut down for inlay work as well as pieces that are free from inclusions that naturally appear in coral. Acquiring decent material has become cost prohibitive for them. In fact, we aren’t finding very many pieces inlayed with coral these days, so if you are interested in adding coral jewelry to your collection, now may be the time to do it. Red spiny oyster is fast replacing coral as the material of choice due to its availability (although not as expensive as coral, it’s not inexpensive either, because of the risks involved in its harvest). Nevertheless, we will continue to do our best to find jewelry with good quality coral for you.

As we go to press, Alton Bedonie continues to create new masterpieces for us. His bolos and buckles utilize 10 and 12 gauge plate silver. Translation – they are heavy (around 5 ounces)! He is currently working on a new necklace which we hope to have by show time as well. As always, we expect Alton’s work to sell quickly, so be sure to come in early!

Other famous and award-winning artists whose work we will have available for sale include Charles Loloma, Sherian Honhongva, Al Nez, Carl & Irene Clark, Donnie Supplee, Bruce Hodgins, Myron Panteah, Kee Yazzie, Alex Sanchez, Jack & Mary Tom, Bruce Morgan, and many others.

See you at the show! 

Thanks, Eric

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We’re Restocking Our Navajo Rug Inventory

2011 was a fantastic year and all of us wish to thank you for your continued support and your gracious comments about our rug inventory throughout the year. The Malone family has also asked that we pass on their thanks and they all look forward to another great year. That said, we will soon be heading back over to New Mexico to restock our inventory. As promised, we will continue to bring fine weavings from the Malone family private collection as well as weavings that have been recently loomed. Bill and his family have always been great about setting aside “new treasures” for us to bring to you by such weavers as Mary Baldwin, Sharon Bahe, Wilson Bekay and Anna Clyde, just to name a few.

Oh, and one more note of thanks … You really did help us in 2011 by taking the time to tell us and show us what you are looking for in Navajo weavings. There truly is a sea of great weavings out there and that can make it very difficult to choose what to bring and what to leave behind. Your input has been and always will be greatly appreciated. —Davis

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Jewelry & New Collections

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and your new year will be happy! All of us at Americana Indian Shows would like to thank you for your support of American Indian arts and artists. We look forward to bringing you the best of the Southwest in 2012!

We had a great time over the holiday season buying from many different artists and the inventory for our 2012 show series is looking very good. Alton Bedonie kept busy designing and creating some amazing turquoise and sterling silver pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets for us and we’re proud to say we had some input in the design process. Bruce Hodgins provided us with some incredible pieces, including two hand-drawn silver link bracelets (unlike any you’ve seen!) as well as a beautiful Red Fox agate pendant. Bruce stated that this stone is no longer being mined in its native Argentina, and that there are currently no other sources of this stone to be found — it’s so unique. The search is still on, but it’s doubtful if any will be found any time soon, if ever.

Frank Tom and Mary Tom both stopped by in December and we purchased a total of ten exquisite necklaces from them. Leon Martinez provided us with eleven gorgeous bracelets, including one from his son Jess. Like many Native American artists, talent runs in the family! The Martinez bracelets are designed in a 1940–50s vintage style and are set with gorgeous stones, most of which are Pilot Mountain turquoise.

We have asked all of these artists (along with Kee Yazzie and Lionel Bahe) to create some buckles and bolos. So far, we have obtained several spectacular pieces from Bruce, Alton and Kee. We also managed to purchase Kee’s blue ribbon belt buckle from 2011’s Gallup Ceremonial.

There have been several buying trips to Gallup and Zuni to get the latest and greatest in jewelry and fetish carvings. While at a trading post in Zuni, Ruddell Laconsello stopped by with a gorgeous cardinal pendant made from coral and sterling silver. In addition to obtaining that superb work of art, we also obtained several pieces from Harlan Coonsis, including a beautiful silver knife-wing dancer pendant inlayed with Sugilite and angel skin coral. Other artists represented at this show include Charles Loloma, Carl and Irene Clark, Brian Clark, Sherian Honhongva (niece of Charles Loloma) and many others. In addition to all the new works we purchased, we still have many great pieces from private collections we obtained over the last several months.

For collectors of books on Native American arts, a new book has been published — Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry — by Diana F Pardue and Norman L Sandfield. We will have a copy in our showroom for you to peruse.

There are so many spectacular works of art to see this show series — Santo Domingo, Navajo, Zuni and Hopi works are all represented. Artists have been very busy this winter! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Thanks, Eric

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Kachinas & Wooden Sculptures at the Zuni Shalako Festival

Near the 1st of December, the Zuni conduct a series of dances to celebrate a successful year’s harvest and to bless the latest village constructions. The festivities include a large feast as well as the performance of the Shalako Katsina. It is these Katsina that pray for the ever-vital rains to provide for the village crops. There are blessings for the propagation of animals and plants and for continued prosperity and health of the Zuni. Although the ceremony is closed to non-Zuni peoples, the Katsina who dance can be seen in the form of carved wooden mudheads, Shalako, Longhorns, Rain Priests and others, a good selection of which we will have in our showroom.

We have also been fortunate enough to obtain, from a private collection, a magnificent carving by Neil David Sr. The carving depicts a comical Koshari (clown) trying to keep the hotdog he is attempting to eat away from an over enthusiastic dog. Neil David Sr. is one of the most respected as well as one of the most award winning Hopi carvers, whose work is much sought after by collectors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to drop by and see if any of our selection of sculptures by this multi-award winning artist captures your interest. There will also be a variety of work by other artists such as Marlin Pinto, Laurence Dallas, Sterling McRae, Wilmer Kaye and Silas Roy to name a few.

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